health update on Salman Rushdie’s treatment
New York: In the Chautauqua attack, famed author Salman Rushdie lost vision in one eye and incapacitated one of his hands, his agent confirmed while giving an update on his medical condition more than two months after being attacked in New York.
Rushdie, 75, was stabbed multiple times on August 12, before an interview in upstate New York. He was stabbed in the neck and chest as he prepared to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution.
Even two months after the attack, the extent of the author’s injuries was unclear. However, Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wylie in an interview with El Pais in Spain explained how severe and upsetting the attack was. He said the writer suffered 15 other chest injuries.
“[His wounds] were deep, but it is [also] lost sight in one eye,” Wylie said. “He had three serious neck injuries. A hand is incapacitated because the nerves in its arm have been severed. And he has about 15 other chest and torso injuries. So it was a brutal attack.
Comparing the attack to “John Lennon (the murder of)”, Wylie said he and Rishdie had discussed the possibility of such an attack in the past. He didn’t share details as if Rushdie was still in hospital, but he said the writer was going to live.
Rushdie, who received death threats from Iran in the 1980s for his novel The Satanic Verses, was attacked by Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey resident. He was charged with one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of second degree assault in Chautauqua County Court.